Hausgeister!: A comprehensive guide to the household spirits of German folklore
A comprehensive guide to the household spirits of German folklore
Wool of Bat
Published by: Eye of Newt Books
Imprint: Eye of Newt Books
"Hausgiester! is as creepy as it is beautiful. Informative and fascinating, I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem." - BROM
Enter the world of ancient Germany where household spirits and lesser-known creatures lurk within the tales that we know and love today.
The spirits of German folklore inhabit the pages of this book just as they settled the homesteads of ancient Germany. Belief in these creatures shaped daily life for centuries—first shared orally and later written down and compiled, most famously by the Brothers Grimm. Now, in the 21st century, a team of three German creators have set themselves the mission of bringing these creatures back from the fog of oblivion to the international public. Domestic dragons and wild women, Kobolds and Wichtel are portrayed through the lens of narrative and mythological research showing their regional peculiarities within european folktales. Each creature is brought to life as a detailed sculpture in original size, based on historical descriptions and beautifully photographed in Germany, in the landscape that these creatures might once have walked. A new, spectacular approach that combines both art and cultural studies in an innovative way.
Hausgiester!: A comprehensive guide to the household spirits of German folklore is now available as part of Eye of Newt’s specialty series, Wool of Bat, which is focused on the preservation and promotion of folklore and oral history from around the world. Freshly translated into English and featuring a new introduction by historian Owen Davies, this book presents an authentic compilation of the knowledge and nature of the mysterious creatures roaming houses, castles, and farms in German-speaking countries. Original quotes from regional legends and guest contributions from various academic researchers complement this extraordinary compilation, which will delight both lovers of fairy tales and those interested in mythology and cultural history.